Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Alton Coleman & Debra Brown

Coleman went on a six-state killing spree in 1984, killing seven people with his partner Debra Denise Brown. By the time of his execution in 2002, he was the only condemned person to have death sentences in three states: Illinois, Ohio (twice) and Indiana.

Man Confesses to Drunk Driving Death on Youtube to Promote Startup

A 22-year-old confesses to killing a man in a video posted on a web startup site called

Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Found Dead in his Cell

Ariel Castro, 53, the man found guilty of keeping three women captive for a decade in his makeshift-prison home has been found hanged in his cell. According to the results of a preliminary autopsy, Castro, who was not on suicide watch after his sentencing last month, hung himself in his cell on the night of September 3, 2013.

Ten Most Memorable Quotes from Ariel Castro’s Sentencing Hearing

Last week Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to 937 charges, in connection with the abduction and imprisonment of Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. Today Castro was sentenced to life imprisonment, plus 1,000 years, with no chance for parole and a $100,000 fine.

Today in Crime History: Multi-State Serial Stabber Kills Third Victim

On July, 26, 2010, Serial Stabber Elias Abuelazam fatally stabbed Darwin Marshall, 43, who was walking alone around 1:25 a.m. The army veteran and father of two died shortly after being found. Abuelazam has been linked to as many as 20 attacks.

Man Killed Hours Before Release From Prison

Convict Michael Ferrara was anxiously awaiting freedom after serving four years for credit card theft. He was scheduled to be freed the next day, but Ferrara never made it out of prison alive.

Man Accused of Vandalizing High School in Spider Man Underpants

Ever fantasize about returning to high school and showing everyone how cool you are now?

Shhh! Librarian Allegedly Embezzles a Ton of Money in Overdue Book Fines

A woman hired by an Ohio library to keep track of fees and fines was allegedly tracking them into her own pocket. Police say Theresa Karm, 54, has stolen almost $350,000 in overdue book fines since she started working at the Cuyahoga Falls library in 2007. She was fired three months ago but theft charges weren’t filed until this week.

Today in Crime History: Serial Stabber Elias Abuelazam Kills Second Victim

On June 21, 2010, Abuelazam killed Emmanuel Muhammad in Flint, Mich. This was the second fatal stabbing in his bloody spree, which spanned at least three states and lasted from May 24 until his arrest on August 11 at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as he tried to flee to Israel.

Body Found in River Identified as Abducted Teen Kathlynn Shepard

The coroner has confirmed that the body found in the Des Moines River on June 7, 2013, is that of missing teen Kathlynn Shepard, abducted in late May by a sex offender that her family does not think should have been granted early work release from prison.

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